If you’re looking for some pet-friendly accommodation in South Australia, there’s some great options to consider, whether you’re looking to camp or wanting something a bit more comfortable. Consider these dog-friendly options…
1. Glamp at Coonawarra
One of great finds I made when looking for accommodation in South Australia for my recent trip was Coonawarra Bush Holiday Park. This rustic park in the Coonawarra wine region offers up nine bell tents for an affordable dog-friendly glamping experience.
There’s no need to bring your own tent or even linen when camping out in the bell tents, right next to the vineyards. Handily we were also supplied with an electric blanket and hot water bottle for the chilly nights during much of the year, plus our own kettle and esky. The site also has a large camp kitchen and shared bathroom facilities.
Your pet dog is allowed to join you inside your bell tent, as long as they have their own bed or box. Other options at the park also include ensuite cabins, powered sites and unpowered sites, with dogs also allowed for free in all options. It’s quite a popular spot with caravanners, and expect to see other dogs during your stay.
2. A BnB Designed for Dogs
It’s hard to miss the dog-related artwork on the walls, but there’s also handy facilities such as dog beds, a couch topper and a specially designed master bed that’s low to the ground. Step inside the pantry in the kitchen and you’ll find dogs bowls, leashes and harnesses. Not to mention your dog will love their treats and the gourmet dog food in the freezer to sample.
Outside you’ll find a full-fenced backyard, along with outdoor kennels for dogs that prefer to sleep outside. Not to mention that the property is also very comfortable for humans, including those travelling with children. If you require dog-sitting during your stay or other services, just discuss in advance with the dog-loving owners, Missy and Anton.
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3. Beachfront Camping Near Ceduna
If you’re setting off to drive across the Nullarbor, or have just completed the long drive from Western Australia, make sure you spend some R&R time on the beautiful Eyre Peninsula. In particular, Perlubie Beach is a great stay not far down the peninsula, only 90km south of Ceduna.
The real attraction here is the ability to camp right on the beach front, including right next to a beach shelter. It’s best suited for more adventurous campers who are self-sufficient and have a 4WD for beach driving. There are flushing toilets provided, but limited or no drinking water. In return the fee per night is just a $10 donation.
The beach here is stunning, with calm, shallow waters and brilliant white sand. And best of all dogs are also allowed to stay.
4. An Outback Experience on the Eyre Peninsula
If you head further south on the Eyre Peninsula, two hours in total south of Ceduna, you’ll arrive at Coodlie Park Farm Retreat. This 3000-acre property offers the chance to camp with your dog on an outback farm.
While the property also offers self-contained cottages and dorm-style rooms, the pet-friendly option is the campsite and swag huts. These are located about 2km from the main buildings, meaning that there’s plenty of peace and quiet.
Dogs are not required to stay on a leash, as long as they are stay close to you and under your effective control. Perhaps take a long walk to the nearby private beach.
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5. Luxury in the Heart of Adelaide
If it’s not camping that you’re after but instead a luxury hotel stay, there’s a dog-friendly option for that too in South Australia. Just head to the Hilton Adelaide, right on Victoria Square in the heart of Adelaide. There’s a marble lined lobby, rooms decorated with understated elegance and the option to order room service.
The hotel offers a small number of pet-friendly rooms, with advance bookings a must. Note that only one pet is permitted per room, with a maximum weight of 34kg and an additional charge, currently $90 per night, and a deposit required. Pets cannot also be left unattended at any time, but of course a pet sitter can be organised.
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